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Did anyone remember that it was Friday the 13th today, or was everyone simply to busy to notice?

If you’re in Charlotte, North Carolina next week, and you’re curious about music law, you might be interested in the Inn of Court event on Wednesday. Here’s the info:

“I fought the law, and the law won,” a rock band once proclaimed. At our next meeting, we will learn about the law of music from both a music performer and a rock musician turned lawyer. Entertainment lawyer and former disc jockey Coe W. Ramsey of Brooks Pierce’s Raleigh office represents radio and television stations, musicians, new media companies, and others in nearly every area of entertainment law. Before practicing in the area of workers compensation at Cranial Sumner & Hartzog, LLP in Raleigh, Michael Connell played guitar in The Connells, a power pop band that recorded 8 albums and toured the world. At this event, Coe will teach us the basics of music law and forming a band, while Michael will offer his practical insights on the rock world from the perspective of a musician and performer.

The event takes place next week on the evening of Wednesday, January 18, 2016 at Draught in Charlotte. For more details and to register, click here.

A recent tweet by our editor reveals the perils of new legal technology.

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Hey, it’s our first edition of “Friday Links” of 2017! Can you believe we’ve now been doing this blogging thing for 7 years now? In fact, we posted our very first post 7 years ago yesterday on January 4, 2010. How about that? My, how the time flies.

Did you know that TV’s “Night Court” first aired 33 years ago this week?

If you are on Twitter, are you following the hashtag #AppellateTwitter?

As you may know, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. maintain an office in Charlotte, where some of the local citizens welcomed the new year at an Avett Brothers concert. We elected to skip the show, and if reports from the event are any indication, our failure to attend was, in fact, negligence.

Our favorite legal tweet of late, by the way, references a film we’ve mentioned once or twice on this site:

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We were saddened to learn of the death of actress and writer Carrie Fisher this week. Of course, we knew her mostly as Princess Leia. But we enjoyed her work in When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and Hannah and Her Sisters, as well. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the following day. We can’t imagine what their family must be enduring right now. Above, by the way, is a copy of Star Wars #65, published more decades ago than we would like to admit. We  bought more than a few issues of that series back in the early 1980’s.

Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Well, it’s the last Friday of the year, and this is our last edition of Friday Links for 2016. We can’t say that we’re disappointed to see this year end. It’s been a doozy. We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd P.A. hope that you all have a festive and safe New Year’s Eve tomorrow night.

The Avett Brothers are playing a New Year’s Eve show here in Charlotte tomorrow night, and we negligently failed to purchase tickets. Alas.

Did anyone get a new iPad Pro for the holidays?

Read about “The Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2016.”

For our favorite legal tweet of late, we direct you to the following excerpt from a cross examination.

Our Favorite Posts of 2016

Now is the time that we, as consumers of media, are inundated with year end best-of lists. So, just as we have done in years past, we here at Abnormal Use have collected our favorite posts of this past year. Looking back over our posts this year, it was difficult to choose our favorites. But, dear readers, the ones we enjoyed the most are linked for you below, along with their author and publication date. So, without further ado, fill yourself with nostalgia, just as we have, and revisit these entries from 2016.

$55 Million Reptilian Verdict in Erin Andrews Peephole Video Trial (Kyle White, March 8, 2016).

In “Game Of Thrones” Litigation, South Carolina State Court Enters Judgment Against George R.R. Martin (Jim Dedman, April 1, 2016).

Snapchat Sued Over Distracted Driving Accident (April 26, 2016).

Snapchat Lawsuit Inspires Inaugural Abnormal Use Field Test (May 9, 2016).

Golden Rule – Treat Everyone Like They Are A Potential Source of Business (Kyle White, May 10, 2016).

Hot Coffee May Be A Carcinogen? (Kyle White, June 20, 2016).

How I Became A Lawyer (Stuart Mauney, June 29, 2016).

Real Lawyers Don’t Cry (Stuart Mauney, July 18, 2016).

Hot Coffee Karma: The Day Was Bound To Happen (August 22, 2016).

Nirvana’s Nevermind: 25 Years of Influence (Nick Farr, September 26, 2016).

Turning Lawyer Life Into Home Life (Nick Farr, October 18, 2016).

Are Litigation Experts Entitled To Prepayment for Depositions? (Kyle White, October 24, 2016).

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope everyone will have a merry and festive holiday weekend! Don’t rush back to the office on Monday! To celebrate, we’ve appended the cover of a 1978 DC Comics special featuring Santa Claus and Rudolph. Who remembers that one?

What did everyone think of Rogue One? Come on, we know you’ve seen it by now.

Don’t forget that you can follow Abnormal Use on Facebook by going here!

Our favorite tweet of late you can find below. It features Charlotte, North Carolina, where we maintain an office, during the holiday season in the 1940’s. Enjoy!

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Well, this time next week, we hope to be seeing the new Star Wars film, Rogue One! To celebrate the arrival of the new film, we suggest you revisit our 2011 April Fool’s Day post, “Star Wars Prequels Unreasonably Dangerous and Defective, South Carolina Federal Court Finds.” How’s that for a Friday link?

If you enjoyed Kyle White’s series this week on the Reptile Theory, you might be interested to know that you can read all of his reptile posts from the beginning of time by clicking here.

On a related note, our own Stuart Mauney recently completed a 12 part series on the Twelve Steps for Fulfillment in the Practice of Law. You read all of those posts here.

Over at The Legal Profession Blog, they’ve once again referenced a film by famed director Ingmar Bergman in a post-title. The title in question: “Scenes from a Post-Traditional Marriage.” This isn’t the first time that they’ve made this reference, by the way. Back in June of 2011, we noted that they had referenced the film in an earlier post, as well. Kudos to them!

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Our favorite legal story of late: A woman called the police after a man continued to whistle Semisonic’s “Closing Time” after her requests that he refrain from doing so. You remember that song, right? It was inescapable on the radio back in the late 1990’s. But we fail to see how it requires the intervention of law enforcement. More on that here.

Don’t forget that new amendments to the federal rules of civil and appellate procedure took effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Revisions were also made to the bankruptcy rules and the federal criminal rules, as well. You’d best investigate!

Our favorite legal tweet of the week applies to law as well as general business. Of course, it’s about email etiquette. Enjoy.

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We hope you’re enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays! But, in case you needed a Friday Links fix, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a pretty interesting article about an overseas jury noticing a 29 second gap in closed circuit television camera footage -after- the case had been given to them. Apparently, neither the prosecution nor the defense lawyers had noticed the gap, causing a good bit of tumult when the members of the jury inquired about the issue during deliberations.

Beware: Facebook’s app may be draining your phone’s battery more than you might expect. Click here for a bit more information on that report.

Just a few weeks until Rogue One is released! Will you be skipping work a bit early that day to see it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope that you and your family have a happy and eventful Thanksgiving. But not too eventful! Kick back and enjoy the time off! Let the billable work wait until Monday (or, if you simply must return to your desk and duties, until Friday). Although we usually present a comic book cover on holidays such as this, we direct your attention today to our official Thanksgiving card above. We hope you enjoy it, and we will see you in turn after the holidays. Don’t forget to watch some football!

Thanksgiving in 1810 and 2016

Here we are again on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Accordingly, it’s time that we once again direct you to our 2010 Thanksgiving post entitled “Thanksgiving in 1810, 1910, and 2010.” Back then, in our early blogging days, we somehow unearthed a century old magazine article in which the writer, a resident of 1910, looked back 100 years and marveled at the incredible social and technological change that occurred in the previous ten decades. That writer also looked forward to 2010 and briefly speculated how we, as citizens of the 21st century, might look back at those who lived in his era 100 years before. That article struck such a chord with us, and it’s become a Turkey Day tradition for us. So, today, we remind you of it once again and direct you back to it 106 years after its publication. (That neat illustration above – and many others like it – comes directly from the 106 year old article.). Have a look, and let us know what you think.